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Is Nitish Kumar ‘repenting’ for joining hands with his arch-rival Modi?

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PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar may have been repenting for his decision to return to the BJP camp by now.

None knows what exactly prompted Nitish Kumar to break alliance with the Grand Alliance and shake hands with the man over whom he had broken the 17-year-old alliance with the BJP in June 2013.

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But, this is very much clear as to how the BJP is now treating him like an “uninvited” guest as explains the outright rejection of his demands in public.

The JD-U may put up a brave face in public but the way the party is being constantly pushed to the wall and its demands getting rejected, it is now very much clear now what is going to happen with the JD-U in the next Lok Sabha polls.

“That was bound to happen with the man who developed the habit of dumping his allies midway. This is eye-opener for him but sadly there is no option is left before him,” commented a political expert wishing not to be quoted.

Everybody was shocked and surprised when the PM rejected his demand for granting central university status to Patna University which as such deserved.

The students were cheering, teachers ecstatic and crowd shouting “Mod-Modi”, almost looking over confident that the PU was sure to get that status with the PM himself gracing this occasion.

After all, how could have the PM ignore the Patna University which was celebrating completion of its 100 years? There was no doubts about this in anybody minds yet the worst happened.

“The chief minister made the request (for granting central university status) at least four times in his requests but the PM ignored,” commented former principal of Patna College and economist Dr Nawal Kishore Chaudhary.

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But why that happened? Doesn’t the university deserve this or there was politics involved in it? Experts say the PU paid the price for “political reasons”.

The past animosity of Kumar with Mod could have played the spoilsport, experts opine.

They don’t appear wrong in their observation. As such, the Nitish Kumar got similar rejection of his demands twice in the past as well.

Last month, the Narendra Modi government rejected the JD-U’s long-pending demand for grating special category status to Bihar for which the chief minister had held state-wide rallies followed by massive rallies in Patna and New Delhi.

But in a huge setback to the people of Bihar, a senior JD-U MP was quoted as saying in the local media that his party was ready to give up this demand should the centre extends some “special facilities” to the state.

“The situation has indeed undergone a change and in the changed political situation, the JD-U is ready to compromise on its demand if some special facilities are granted to the state,” JD-U general secretary and party’s Rajya Sabha member RCP Singh told a function in Hajipur on Monday.

Again, the Prime Minister didn’t induct anyone from the JD-U in his cabinet during its recent reshuffle carried out last month while the JD-U was pressing for including at least two of its leaders in the Cabinet.

What was even more embarrassing, the JD-U was not extended the invitation to join the cabinet reshuffle function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

A series of such developments indeed point towards serious trouble in relations between the BJP and the JD-U.

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